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Which type of wick is best for your candles: Cotton Wicks vs. Wooden Wicks?


Cotton wick candles have long been the traditional choice for candle enthusiasts. These wicks are made from braided cotton fibers and are known for their reliable burning capabilities. Here are some key features and benefits of cotton wick candles:

Pros of Cotton Wicks

  1. Consistent Burning: Cotton wicks typically burn evenly, providing a steady flame throughout the life of the candle. This ensures an optimal wax pool and maximizes the scent throw.

  2. Wide Availability: Cotton wick candles come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and scents. They are conveniently available at nearby stores and internet shopping sites.

  3. Easy Trimming: Cotton wicks are relatively easy to trim, allowing you to maintain a proper length to ensure an efficient and controlled burn.

  4. Sustainable: Cotton wicks are ecological and environmentally friendly. Easy to light, it is also known to be durable, as it can burn for hours without going out.

Cons of Cotton Wicks: 

Cotton wick candles are not without their drawbacks. One common issue people face is the formation of carbon buildup on the wick, leading to a phenomenon known as “mushrooming.” This can result in a larger flame and uneven burning. To combat this problem, it is important to trim the wick regularly to prevent excessive mushrooming and ensure a clean burn.

With our A+B Designs ECO LUX cotton wick, mushrooming is less of a worry, for the specially braided flat wick, which maintains a slight curl when burning to reduce mushrooming, moves the tip of the wick into the hottest part of the flame, which helps to minimize or eliminate carbon buildup (mushrooming), reduce smoking, and provide a 'self-trimming' effect, that creates a very stable and consistent flame. Our wicks, are proudly, lead and zinc free.

Wooden Wick Candles:

In recent years, wooden  wicks have gained popularity among candle enthusiasts. These wicks are made from thin, flat pieces of wood, often sustainably sourced. 

Pros of Wooden wicks

  1. Crackle Sound: One of the distinct features of wooden wicks is the soft crackling sound they produce while burning. This soothing sound can evoke a sense of relaxation and add an extra element of ambiance.

  2. Longer Burn Time: Wooden wicks tend to burn slower than cotton wicks, extending the overall burn time of the candle. This can be particularly appealing for those seeking candles that last longer.

  3. Eco-Friendly Appeal: Wooden wicks are often considered a more eco-friendly option, especially when made from sustainably sourced materials. They provide a natural and organic touch to the candle experience.

Cons of Wooden Wicks

However, wooden wick candles also have their share of challenges and are listed below. Keep in mind the wood wick has a less bright, more smoldering, crackling ambiance while the cotton wick has a brighter more traditional flame. If you don't mind maintaining your candle, a wood wick is a great option, but if you prefer minimal maintenance, the cotton wick is the way to go.

  1. Inconsistent Burning: Wooden wicks may occasionally burn inconsistently, resulting in uneven melting of the wax and an incomplete burn. This can lead to wasted wax and reduced burn time if not properly managed.

  2. Difficulty in Achieving a Full Wax Pool: Unlike cotton wicks, wooden wicks may require some experimentation to achieve a complete and even wax pool. If the wax pool does not reach the edges of the container, tunneling can occur, leaving unburned wax along the sides.

  3. Trimming Challenges: Trimming wooden wicks can be trickier compared to cotton wicks. Wood wicks often require a more precise trim to maintain the ideal length, which can impact the quality of the burn.

  4. Soot Formation: Wooden wicks can produce more soot than cotton wicks, which can discolor the candle or surrounding surfaces.

Wood vs. Cotton Wicks A matter of personal preference

Both wood wick vs cotton wick candles have their own unique characteristics and advantages. The choice between them ultimately comes down to personal preference.

The best choice for you will depend on your desired ambiance, burn time preferences, and the overall aesthetic you wish to create.

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